National Vegetarian Week 2017 takes place from 15th-21st May with the motto “Get Stuck In". It's a chance for us carnivores to try out what a life free of meat is like and for those already vegetarian to celebrate their chosen way of life and share with the rest of us. Plenty of London's restaurants are offering specially created meat free menus for National Vegetarian Week and we've rounded up the best of them here. Of course, our great capital city is filled with amazing vegetarian restaurants so we thought we'd highlight a few of those too. Swipe the bacon sarnies to one side, forget about your steak and chips for a while and embrace National Vegetarian Week this month. You might be surprised at what you find!
Chelsea / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
The kitchen at Chelsea hotspot Rabbit have created a fantastic vegetarian menu for this year's National Vegetarian Week which starts off with tasty ?mouthfuls" such as mushroom marmite eclairs with confit egg yolk and endive with goat's cheese and pear. Small plates such as broad bean hummus with heritage carrots and ale crisps or grilled asparagus with hen's eggs and toasted almonds come next whilst to finish off, enjoy homemade honeycomb crunchy served with mascarpone and tarragon sugar. Menu available from 15th-21st May at £29 per person.
Chelsea / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: British
Declaring itself as a herbivore hotspot during National Vegetarian Week, iconic Chelsea hangout Bluebird promises a veritable feast to all those ditching the meat for the week. Tuck into tasty dishes such as bulgar wheat, confit peppers, olives and ratatouille or Josper grilled seasonal vegetables with capers and raisin puree. To round off, a mouth-watering range of vegan sorbets are on offer whilst a creative cocktail list provides the perfect accompaniment.
Balham / Bar / Cuisine: Cafe
Make your way over to south west London (Balham to be precise) and enjoy a divine National Vegetarian Week menu of small plates at the brilliant Brother Marcus. Dishes include grilled aubergine with chilli; beetroot hummus and sesame seeds; halloumi with blood orange and pistachios and rye bread with goat's curd, walnuts, dates and agave syrup. Their Spring menu features some fab vege options, including the mouth-watering sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters with avocado, spinach, kale, turmeric yogurt and poached egg.
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
For some truly stunning Michelin starred Indian vegetarian cuisine, Benares is the place to dine during National Vegetarian Week 2017. Atul Kochar's award winning dining room located on Mayfair's Berkeley Square certainly knows how to pull all the stops out for National Vege Week with a specially created dish named the Tandoor Khumb and Hara Phool. Featuring a Portobello mushroom with edamame, tandoori broccoli, coconut and curry leaf sauce, the dish showcases Kochar's talent for paring complex and subtle flavours.
Pollen Street Social by Jason Atherton
Mayfair / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Yet another Michelin starred treat for National Vegetarian Week, Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social will be offering a variety of meat free dishes throughout the week in their dedicated five and eight course taster menus. Expect delights such as braised broccoli stem, lemon puree, toasted almonds and seaweed and sea buckthorn sorbet with coconut. Beautifully tasting and beautifully presented, these are the kind of dishes that take vegetarian dining to a whole new level.
Tom's Kitchen by Tom Aikens
West End / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Tuck into a spectacular vegetarian burger at the brilliant Tom's Kitchen in Chelsea, Somerset House and Canary Wharf this National Vegetarian Week. Created specially for National Burger Month and National Vegetarian Week, this delicious burger is made from sweet potato and chick peas with sun dried tomato may and aubergine and shitake relish topped with pickles and heritage tomatoes.
Theo Randall at InterContinental Hotel
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Hotel / Cuisine: Italian
National Vegetarian Week 2017 goes Italian at top London restaurant Theo Randall at the InterContinental. Enjoy a fabulous Italian Vegan Set Menu featuring options such as linguine with violet aubergines, tomatoes and basil and risotto with courgettes, San Marzano tomatoes and basil. Priced at £29 for two course and £35 for three courses, this is a menu not to be missed.
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